GUWAHATI, May 1 - More than 12,000 persons had lost their lives due to fatal road accidents reported across the State in the last five years.
In 2015 alone, 2,397 persons had died, while 7,068 others sustained injuries in 6,959 incidents of road mishaps that took place in the State.
The National Highways have recorded 3,353 mishaps during the same period (2015) compared to 3,639 road accidents that occurred in the preceding year.
However, the overall tally of the road mishaps has come down by a negligible margin in 2015 (6,959) from what was reported in 2014 (7164).
Meanwhile, the State Highways recorded 1,898 accidents in 2015 compared to 1,777 in the preceding year.
All the other remaining 1,708 occurrences took place in various major roads and lanes in the State.
Statistics available with the Assam Police also stated like previous years, Guwahati had witnessed over 1,000 (approx) road mishaps in 2015.
In 2014, over 1,000 incidents of road mishaps took place in Guwahati claiming 304 lives and injuring 945 persons.
Police said that over the years the number of accidents due to drink-driving has increased by several notches, claiming record number of lives on the roads.
�Rash driving in National Highways too continues to be major worry for road safety,� a senior police official told this reporter.